London Overground Trains To Get Extra Carriage

The success of the London Overground just goes on and on – so much that trains will be expanded to five carriages by the end of 2015.

It’s only a couple of years since capacity expanded from three cars to four, but the network has grown to include the old East London Line, its extension to Crystal Palace and the recent link-up to Clapham Junction. The network also has consistently better passenger satisfaction levels than other metro train companies. No wonder it’s carrying four times the number of people than it did at launch in 2007, and that’s before they factor in new passengers using it from Clapham.

Platform extension work will be necessary on some stations on the old East and North London lines, but now you know what it’s for.

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  • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

    I’ve read they might also use selective door opening at some ELL stations; extending Wapping and Rotherhithe, for example, might prove tricky.

    • Roger Manser

      extending rotherhithe might almost mean joining up with canada water

  • SG

    Let’s hope TfL are allowed to take over the poor Southeastern routes to Dartford, Grove Park, and Sevenoaks soon as London Overground. Better frequencies than 2 per hour in the evenings and more staff are needed.

    • paul wash

      Running Southeastern’s metro services is an entirely different ball game to an independently operated service like London overground. Rather than a single self contained railway you have a whole complexity of lines. In any case London overground runs every 15 minutes throughout the day, whereas southeastern operate up to every 7 minutes in the peaks, which represents a major service level reduction

  • http://twitter.com/RichardBrennan Richard

    Worth noting that trains on the Gospel Oak to Barking line will still only be two carriage.